Remi Garde masterminded a shock 1-0 league victory against Les Parisiens just last weekend, and Al Hain-Cole expects him to employ similar tactics in a typically tense finalParis Saint-Germain will be looking to become the first team to lift the Coupe de la Ligue for a record fourth time when they take on Lyon in Saturday’s final.
The French champions slipped to just their second Ligue 1 defeat of the season against this very opposition last weekend but are 4/9 (1.44) favourites with William Hill to avenge that result with victory at the Stade de France.
Les Gones have lost two finals since their only previous triumph in this competition back in 2001 but are available at 6/1 (7.00) to end their wait by coming out on top against the runaway league leaders.
The most recent of those two final defeats came via an extra-time winner from Marseille after a goalless draw in 2012, and you can get odds of 10/3 (4.33) on this one also remaining all square after 90 minutes.
That result was very much par for the course in recent Coupe de la Ligue finals, where each of the last three have been won by a single goal after tense encounters.
Judging by his defensive tactics in last weekend’s 1-0 league victory that served as a taster for Saturday’s clash, Garde will be hoping for another equally tight game at the Stade de France this time out.
The hosts ceded possession and patiently hit Les Parisiens on the break at the Stade Gerland, a gameplan that worked to great effect against a team missing inspirational star man Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Laurent Blanc will now go into this final slightly concerned by a lack of cutting edge that has seen his side fail to score in two consecutive games for the first time in almost two years, with Edinson Cavani struggling to convince in the central role he had previously been crying out for.
With Lyon guaranteed to set themselves up in exactly the same manner on Saturday, even odds (2.00) offer excellent value on them restricting a misfiring PSG to under 2.5 goals once again in another typically tight Coupe de la Ligue final.
|Under 2.5 goals for a 2pt stake at Evens (2.00) with William Hill
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